Friday, October 11, 2013

gluten free multigrain bread

I was hopeful (but kind of skeptical) that gluten free bread could be tasty based on sampling products in the past.  I searched around until I found some promising recipes. This is my first attempt and I have to say I think it turned out great. It actually tastes like bread and has an excellent texture. Since it doesn't require kneading it is pretty simple to make. I am on a gluten free diet for at least a month until my allergy tests come back, so it possibly I will have to stay away from gluten for life (yikes!), hence the recent gluten-free recipes. After tasting this bread I know it won't be too horrendous if I am gluten intolerant :)

adapted from Allergy Free Alaska. She also has some other great-looking GF bread recipes


1 cup millet flour
1 cup tapioca starch/flour
1/2 cup blanched almond meal/flour
1/2 cup amaranth (or teff flour). I had to grind some amaranth in the blender to make it fine
1/4 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup flax meal
2 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt

3 eggs
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. molasses
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

yeast ingredients:
1 1/4 cup hot water (110º-115ºF)
2 Tbsp. honey
2 1/2 tsp. dry active yeast (NOT instant)


1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the honey and hot water. Sprinkle in the yeast and give it a quick stir to combine. Allow to proof for 7 minutes exactly (set a timer). Make sure you have all the other wet and dry ingredients mixed and ready to go when the time is up!

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and whisk together (This and the next steps can also be done in a mixer if you happen to have one, which I don't).

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, molasses, and vinegar.

4. When the yeast is done proofing, add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir until it's a little paste-like, then slowly add the yeast mixture. Mix for about 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl then mix on medium 2-3 minutes or until the dough is smooth.

5. Pour dough into parchment lined and well greased 9x5 metal bread pan. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 45-60 minutes (check at 30 minutes). When dough is close to reaching the plastic wrap, remove it; allow dough to rise remaining time uncovered. When bread is finished rising, bake in preheated 375º oven for about 30 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and allow it to cool on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

homemade granola bars

These make a great nutrient packed snack or breakfast on the go. I am excited to play more around with flavors, maybe substituting honey for the molasses and raisins or chocolate chips in place of apricots.


1 cup pitted prunes
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp molasses
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
2 1/2 cups rolled oats, divided
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
2/3 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds (or combination)
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

1. Preheat oven to 325º. Line an 8x8 or 9x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Lightly grease or spray with nonstick spray.

2. Cover prunes with hot water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and place in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add syrup, molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Process to form a thick paste, about 20 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides a couple times. Add 2 cups of the oats and pulse 8-10 times, until the oats are coarsely chopped. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining 1/2 cups oats, apricots, nuts, and sunflower seeds.

3. Using slightly dampened hands, press the mixture firmly and evenly into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes.

4. Cool dish for 15 minutes at room temperature, then transfer to freezer and chill until completely cooled (about 30 minutes). Cut into 10-12 bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

lemony quinoa apricot muffins

These little goodies are also delicious gluten free; just substitute whole wheat flour for an all purpose gluten free flour.adapted from prevention magazine

makes 10-12 muffins


3/4 cup milk
3 Tbsp. canola oil
1 egg
zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup cooked quinoa*
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots


1. Heat oven to 350º. Line or grease muffin pan. Whisk milk, oil, egg, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir into wet ingredients.
3. Fold in cooked quinoa and apricots. Divide in muffin pan. Bake 30 minutes. Makes 10-12 muffins.

*cover 1 cup quinoa with water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Rinse well in strainer. Heat in pot with 1 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil then simmer covered for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest 5 minutes.

Friday, October 4, 2013

thai curry butternut squash soup

This gives a delightful Thai twist to a traditional fall soup. Modified from

serves 4-6


3 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 sweet onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
2 Tbsp. red curry paste
3 cups vegetable stock
4 cups uncooked butternut squash, cubed in 1-inch pieces
1 -2 (14 oz.) can coconut milk
¼ cup fish sauce
coconut aminos or soy sauce to taste
coconut sugar to taste
1 lime, juiced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup torn fresh cilantro for serving
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts for serving


Heat a large pot over med-low heat and add coconut oil. Once it is melted, add in the onions and garlic with a pinch of salt and stir. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in ginger and curry paste and stir until incorporated. Cook the curry and onion mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the stock and add the squash cubes. Cover the pot and increase heat to medium. Cook until the squash is soft, about 20 minutes.

Once the squash is soft, turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly. Puree in blender (in 2 batches if needed) until smooth. Pour back into pot and heat over med-low. Add in coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, coconut aminos, coconut sugar, salt, and pepper, and stir. Cover and cook until heated through. Taste and season additionally if desired. Serve with a garnish of cilantro and crushed peanuts.

updated 10/28/15